ERIC Number: ED477210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Finding the Gold: Hiring the Best and the Brightest. Tips for Employers To Hire Individuals with Disabilities.
Washington Univ., Seattle.
This guide is intended to encourage employers to hire people with disabilities. It notes the value of internship and other work-based learning programs that allow the employer and student to "try each other out." The paper points out that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Data are reported showing that 71% of such accommodations cost $500 or less. The data also indicate that companies realize a return of $28.69 in benefits for every dollar spent on accommodation. Two federal programs that provide tax credits to small businesses making such accommodations are briefly described. Suggestions are also offered about where employers can find interns and employees with disabilities and about ways to determine appropriate accommodations. Which accommodations are the employee's responsibility and which are the employer's are then specified. A chart lists eight national organizations, with contact information, that can provide information on employing people with disabilities. To accompany this publication, DO-IT has created a short videotape by the same title. (DB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Employment Services, Federal Programs, Internship Programs, Postsecondary Education, Supported Employment, Work Experience Programs
DO-IT, Disabilities, Opportunities, Interworking & Technology, University of Washington, Box 355670, Seattle, WA 98195-5670 (videotape, $25). Tel: 206-685-DOIT(Voice/TTY); Fax: 206-221-4171; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.washington.edu/doit.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.; Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.
Note: Prepared by the DO-IT CAREERS (Careers, Academics, Research, Experiential Education and Relevant Skills). Support also provided by the State of Washington, Seattle, WA. Accompanying videotape not available from ERIC.